Prolong® Gold antifade reagents

ProLong® Gold antifade reagents suppress photobleaching and preserve the signals of your fluorescently labeled target molecules for long-term storage and analysis. ProLong® Gold antifade reagents cure within 24 hours, forming a semi-rigid gel. Mounted samples can be saved for months with appropriate storage.

Select ProLong® Gold antifade reagents

ProLong® Gold Antifade Reagent

  • Inhibits photobleaching across the spectrum, even after prolonged storage
  • Hard-setting formulation
  • Available with or without DAPI
  • Ready-to-use bench-top formulation
  • Refractive index 1.46

ProLong® Gold Antifade Reagent is best for long-term analysis and storage. For immediate analysis and short-term storage choose one of our SlowFade® Gold antifade reagents.

ProLong® Gold antifade performance

ProLong® Gold antifade reagent outperforms all other commercially available antifade reagents because it preserves signal across the entire visible spectrum and causes little or no quenching of the initial fluorescent signal.

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A 20-second time series showing the enhanced resistance to photobleaching afforded by ProLong® Gold antifade reagent.

Fixed bovine pulmonary artery endothelial cells (BPAEC) were labeled with anti–alpha-tubulin antibody (A11126) and visualized with fluorescein goat anti–mouse IgG antibody (F2761). The samples were mounted in ProLong® Gold antifade reagent (P36930, top) or phosphate-buffered saline (bottom). Images were acquired at 5-second intervals using a 40x/1.3 NA oil immersion objective with continuous illumination from a standard 100-watt Hg-arc lamp.

Protection across the spectrum

ProLong® Gold antifade reagents offer excellent compatibility with a multitude of dyes across the spectrum, making them especially valuable tools for multicolor applications.

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ProLong® Gold Antifade Reagent outperforms competitors’ antifades across the visible spectrum.

While competitors’ reagents preserve signal strength at only specific wavelengths, ProLong® Gold reagent offers stability across the entire spectrum. AF = Alexa Fluor®.

Antifade reagents selection guide

  ProLong® Gold Antifade Reagent
Long-term storageYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
Immediate viewingNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYes
Format5 x 2 mL5 x 2 mL
Cat. No.P36934P36930P36935P36931S36937S36936S36939S36938

ProLong® Gold performance across the spectrum

Degree of photobleaching protection by ProLong® Gold antifade reagent for different fluorescent dyes.

Fluorescent dye
Ex/Em (nm)
Resistance to photobleaching*
Alexa Fluor® 350 346/44265%
BODIPY® FL 505/51354%
Alexa Fluor® 488495/51985%
SYTOX® Green 504/53385%
Fluorescein 494/51885%
Alexa Fluor® 546556/57567%
Tetramethylrhodamine 555/58098%
Alexa Fluor® 555 555/56580%
Alexa Fluor® 568578/60393%
Texas Red®595/61561%
Alexa Fluor® 594 590/61792%
TO-PRO®-3 642/66185%
Alexa Fluor® 647 652/668100%
Alexa Fluor® 680 679/70296%
*Expressed as a percentage of initial fluorescence intensity remaining following 30 seconds of continuous illumination using a 40x/1.4NA objective and a 100-watt Hg-arc lamp as the light source.

Green chemistry

green chemistry 

For added convenience and a reduction in the environmental impact associated with cold storage requirements, Life Technologies antifade reagents are provided in dropper bottles with storage right at your bench. In addition, these reagents are formulated with reduced sodium azide to help minimize environmental and health hazard exposure risks.